Contact me at tom.sterkenburglmu.de.
Research interestsPhilosophy of induction, inductive logic, Bayesian epistemology;
foundations of statistics and machine learning, philosophy of probability and randomness;
algorithmic information theory, algorithmic randomness, computability theory.
My PhD project was on the foundations of machine learning. More specifically, I investigated the computability-theoretic approach to probabilistic "universal prediction" (initiated by Solomonoff) as a link between Carnap's project of inductive logic and modern approaches in machine learning.
In February 2014 I talked about my project on Swammerdam, the science show of the local radio station Amsterdam FM (in Dutch).
I worked as a PhD student at both the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI, the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands) and the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen, under supervision of Peter Grünwald and Jan-Willem Romeijn, respectively. From February till May 2017 I visited the Center for Formal Epistemology at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, which was facilitated by the Leverhulme Trust-funded network The Scientific Approach to Epistemology.
I hold a research MSc in Logic (Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, University of Amsterdam, cum laude), a research MSc in History and Philosophy of Science (Descartes Centre, Utrecht University, cum laude), a research MA in Philosophy (University of Groningen, as formal part of the PhD traject) and a BSc in Artificial Intelligence (VU University Amsterdam, cum laude). I intend to finally obtain my driver's license soon.